HPVs are selective. They only infect the epithelium of the skin and the mucous membranes of certain organs. As we know, skin covers the body externally, while mucous membranes line inner cavities, like the mouth and the vaginal canal. The surface of both the skin and the mucous membranes are covered with epithelium (layers of cells with a protective role).
Frequently Asked Questions
HPVs: What they are and what they cause
- HPV and cancer
- Am I the only one with HPV?
How do you explain that many people are infected by HPV viruses but only a few have serious problems from them?Does the chance of infection by genital types of HPV increase depending on the number of sexual partners?
- How did I get HPV?
- When did I contract HPV and who gave it to me?
- What are the tests necessary for checking an HPV infection?
Pap testHPV DNA testColposcopy
- Will I always have HPV?
- How can I protect myself from HPV?
Men and HPV